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Square Enix Updates 2009 Q1 Lineup

November 11, 2008

SQUARE ENIX UPDATES 2009 Q1 LINEUP

VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume Is Confirmed for a North American Release, and DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Is Given a Release Date

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in North America, announced an updated lineup for the first quarter of 2009 today.

In addition to the previously announced STAR OCEAN®: Second Evolution™ for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Square Enix revealed that both the remade classic, DRAGON QUEST® V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride™, and the latest entry in the VALKYRIE PROFILE® series, VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume™, will be primed and ready for Nintendo DS™ owners come 2009.

The countdown begins today for the first offerings of an exciting new year!

STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution

Developer: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: PSP system

Genre: RPG

ESRB: T (Teen)

Ship Date: January 6, 2009

Following the exploits of humankind’s journey across the stars, the STAR OCEAN saga comes to life in the completely remastered STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution, exclusively for the PSP system. Now with a revised game engine, an improved battle system and fully voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 widescreen, players can experience their journey through the rich STAR OCEAN universe like never before.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/starocean/.

DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

Scenario & Game Design: Yuji Horii

Character Design: Akira Toriyama

Music Composer: Koichi Sugiyama

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Developer: ArtePiazza

Platform: Nintendo DS

Genre: RPG

ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)

Ship Date: February 17, 2009

Never before released in North America, this entry in the Zenithia Trilogy follows a journey that transcends three generations. Travel alongside your father on his quest to see the world, grow to set forth on a journey of your own and face life-altering decisions as you continue your family’s legacy. DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride makes its way to Nintendo DS on February 17, 2009.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/zenithia/

STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE

Developer: tri-Ace Inc.

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: Xbox 360

Genre: RPG

ESRB: Not Yet Rated

Ship Date: March 3, 2009

STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE is the latest entry in the futuristic STAR OCEAN series of RPGs. Science fiction and fantasy meld in this long-awaited continuation of the celebrated franchise from developer tri-Ace Inc.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/starocean/

VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume

Developer: tri-Ace Inc.

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: Nintendo DS

Genre: RPG

ESRB: Not Yet Rated Ship Date: March 17, 2009

Developed by tri-Ace Inc.

Character Illustration: KOU YOSHINARI / YOU YOSHINARI

Destiny by sinner sought. Tragedy by power wrought. The origins of a cult classic are revealed in VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume, the third entry in the critically acclaimed VALKYRIE PROFILE series. Development studio tri-Ace returns to craft a gameplay experience that boasts a captivating storyline with ties to Norse mythology and a familiar yet refreshing battle system enhanced with deeper strategic elements. VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume marks the debut of the series on Nintendo DS with its arrival on March 17, 2009.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/vpcp/

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